Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)


Taking a pro-active approach to governance, risk and compliance is essential in a world of changing regulatory compliance. Corporate governance issues can have a lasting effect on the success of your organisation, brand, and reputation.

Bringing together experts from across our global services, our governance, risk and compliance team will work alongside you to ensure you are protecting your business from all angles. From internal audits of your current operations to drafting policies and reporting to the board, our lawyers can offer you practical advice that is tailored to your organisation. Our team can support all of your risk management and compliance requirements, ensuring all aspects of good governance are covered.

Governance, Risk and Compliance services


They are the go-to firm for legal advice... they also have a nice way about them and are extremely approachable.Chambers UK

Our team of risk management and compliance lawyers comprises of individuals from across our practice areas worldwide. Gowling WLG is consistently recognised by the likes of The Legal 500, Chambers UK, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Client work

  • Housing associations

    Assisting with advice around data protection, the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. Rolling out data protection compliance programs and training internal data protection advisors.

  • Brexit

    Working with a major pharmaceutical company to assess the regulatory landscape post-Brexit and the impact for them on customs compliance. We advised on which entity could legally act as an importer/exporter of record and the process for an Authorised Economic Operator Application.

  • Trade controls

    Conducting a pan European multi-site remote review of a Tier 1 supplier to the defence industry. Our team advised on any compliance risks with EU export controls legislation. We provided the Head of Legal and Compliance with an indication of sites that required a more comprehensive audit whilst ensuring business disruption was minimised.

  • Investment banks

    Advice on a variety of regulatory matters including MiFID II, corporate governance, the SMCR and board remuneration, FCA Custody Rules and the new EU market abuse regime.

  • Automotive

    Advising a major automotive manufacturer on FCA regulation relating to consumer finance, on a major project involving marketing and digital distribution.

  • Investment funds

    We advised the managers of an investment fund on its annual environmental report and GHG emissions reporting duties. This included undertaking an audit of its reports to ensure compliance.


Meet the international team

If you are in need of advice in this area, please speak to one of our key jurisdictional contacts.

Sharon Ayres

Partner (UK)

Sharon leads the Governance, Risk and Compliance team in the UK. She has over 25 years of experience working in corporate law and handles every deal with a passion finding solutions to the trickiest of issues. When it comes to her corporate governance practice, Sharon advises on director's duties, conflicts of interest, corporate governance reporting, requirements and frameworks and related matters.

David Lowe

Partner (UK)

David Lowe is an experienced partner focusing on commercial contracts. He plays a crucial role as a member of the firm's Brexit Unit and Head of International Trade. His practice covers a broad range of compliance areas to ensure that clients mitigate potential risks.

Ben Stansfield

Partner (UK)

Ben is one the UK's leading lawyers practising planning and environmental law. He has years of experience advising clients on the consenting and regulation of their projects and their compliance with environmental regulations and reporting standards. Ben is highly regarded for his straightforward approach and clients appreciate his ability to break down complex regulations into user-friendly practical advice that they can action.

Simon Stephen

Legal Director (UK)

Simon's approach is hands on and pragmatic. With 12 years' experience at Gowling WLG (returning in 2019), and four years' experience of working in the Employee Relations team of a global financial institution he has a deep understanding of a client's viewpoint, including the need for practical guidance at an early stage in order to have control over risk, cost and commercial objectives.

Marcus Hinkley

Associate (Canada)

Marcus provides advice to Canadian and international clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Canadian capital markets, foreign investment, corporate reorganisations and general corporate and commercial issues. Marcus has assisted clients in a wide variety of industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, agriculture, mining, energy, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Stephen Pike

Partner (Canada)

Stephen's extensive corporate practice includes providing advice on corporate governance and risk management issues. He regularly advises businesses and investors entering the Canadian market on acquiring businesses, bringing new products to the market and making new investments.

Danhoé Reddy-Girard

Partner (France)

Danhoé's practice focuses on banking & finance, real estate and compliance. In his compliance practice, Danhoé advises various organisations with the adaptation of their contracts to French law and on complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He drafts contracts, policies, privacy notices, records of processing activities and audit reports.

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